Debbie Ridpath Ohi's Illustrations
My Illustrations: Published Book Samples - Daily Doodles - Tweens and Teens - Whimsical - Imaginary Picture Books - Sketchbook Blog - Single Panel Comics - Comic Strips - Monsters - Archive: 2010 SCBWI Portfolio
Quotes About Debbie's Illustrations in I'M BORED:
"The illustrator Debbie Ridpath Ohi convincingly draws a child full of life, a potato full of — well, potatotude, and computer drawings that look just like good old-fashioned linocuts. Her smart cartoony artwork matches Black’s perfect comic timing, making for a fun ride that should leave you amused, perhaps pensive, and no longer bored." - David Small, The New York Times Sunday Book Review
"Ohi is wonderful at conveying facial expressions with the simplest of shapes, as well as gesturing." - Julie Danielson, Kirkus Reviews blog Oct.12/2012
"...gorgeously illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi...Both the writing and the illustrations are fearless." - Andrew Kaufman, The Globe and Mail, Sept.22/2012.
"Ohi's captivating, digitally created illustrations are full of wit and charm...Quirky and fun to read aloud, this book is a sure antidote for cases of ennui." - School Library Journal in Sept/2012 issue.
"Debut illustrator Ohi’s minimalist, scraggly digital drawings are anything but boring, and speak volumes about irritation, desperation, and disdain." - Starred Publisher's Weekly review in July 9/2012 issue.
"Ohi’s simple drawings and creative placement of text create a story with visual impact that’s anything but boring." - Junior Library Guild "On The Radar" editor picks on the SLJ blog, Oct.1/2012
"Ohi’s digitally created girl is a real charmer as she skips and twirls across the pages; the fantasy elements, rendered in pale blue and set on a crisp white background, nicely contrast the two full-colored characters..." - Booklist review
"The text is perfectly complemented by Ohi’s quirky minimalist drawings....Ohi’s depiction of the little girl, with her Charles Schultz–inspired big head and scraggly pigtails, will appeal to young readers, as will Black’s goofy humour. Kids will come away from this excellent book exactly the opposite of bored." - Quill & Quire (October issue)
About My Illustrations
I have multiple illustration styles, but am most drawn to the quirky and cute-odd. Here is a list of some of my artistic influences. You can see my Daily Doodles on my main DebbieOhi.com page and I also have a selection of my illustrations on Flickr. I participate in the group illustration blogs KidLitArtists and Pixel Shavings.
My current illustration projects:
- Picture book I am writing & illustrating for Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers. Publication date TBA.
- Illustrations for NAKED!, a new picture book written by Michael Ian Black for Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers. Scheduled for publication: Summer 2014. (See Entertainment Weekly article.)
- Two RUBY ROSE picture books for Harpercollins, written by Rob Sanders. First book: RUBY ROSE ON HER TOES, coming out in 2014.
I post writing-related comics at Will Write For Chocolate and Inkygirl: An Illustrated Guide For Those Who Write and Draw For Young People as well as Writer Unboxed. I post board gaming comics at BoardGameGeek.
I'm represented by Ginger Knowlton at Curtis Brown Ltd.
Thank you for your interest in my work. -- Debbie
Samples spreads and illustrations are from: I'M BORED: a picture book I illustrated for Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers. Author: Michael Ian Black. Publication date: Sept. 4, 2012. To see how I'M BORED was created, visit my I'M BORED Scrapbook Blog. KODAMA: A graphic teen short story I wrote and illustrated for TOMO: FRIENDSHIP THROUGH FICTION (Stone Bridge Press, Mar/2012, Editor: Holly Thompson). Proceeds from book sales go to help teens affected by the Japan quake & tsunami.
My illustrations of and for tweens and teens. I'd love to illustrate a chapter book, middle grade or YA novel someday, so am gradually building this portfolio.
Selection from my Daily Doodle Project and other illustrations. To see more recent drawings, please visit DebbieOhi.com.
Pages from picture books that don't exist, created for my Daily Drawing posts on DebbieOhi.com, or illustrations for existing stories (created just for fun).
I enjoy creating comics geared toward specific niche interests, like writing or board gaming. Feel free to browse Will Write For Chocolate (writing) and My Life In A Nutshell (semi-autobiographical). My fan comics: Waiting For Frodo (my very first online comic; please excuse the art), Waiting For Bilbo. Here are some of my personal favorites.
I've always been drawn to the cute-creepy, especially monsters.
This is the portfolio that turned a rejection into a book deal. Read the full story here.